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Ex-Paris mayor sentenced over vote rigging

A court handed former Paris mayor Jean Tiberi a suspended 10-month prison sentence Tuesday for vote rigging and declared him ineligible to contest for public office for three years. The appeals court also gave his wife Xaviere a nine-month suspended sentence and a 5,000-euro ($6,533) fine for her part in…

Hackers claim to have posted Michelle Obama’s personal data

WASHINGTON — The US Secret Service launched an investigation Tuesday after hackers posted what they said was personal data and credit information of celebrities including first lady Michelle Obama online. The probe was opened over files which included personal information purportedly from FBI chief Robert Mueller, Vice President Joe Biden,…

Austria marks 75th anniversary of Hitler invasion

VIENNA — Austria solemnly marked Tuesday 75 years since German troops crossed the border unopposed on the early hours of March 12, 1938 and “annexed” Hitler’s native country into the Third Reich. “Already on the evening of March 11 swastika flags were fluttering over Vienna and other cities, including at…

Artists sue Harlem Shake creator over failing to get permission for samples

Two artists featured on YouTube hit seek compensation from Baauer, claiming he used their work without permission The creator of Harlem Shake could end up returning 100% of his earnings from the viral video hit after neglecting to clear two of the song’s most recognisable samples. The No 1 song in America…

Republicans and Democrats unveil rival budgets

President Barack Obama’s Democrats will unveil their first budget in four years this week in the US Senate as House Republicans put forward their own blueprint, but the two are unlikely to be reconciled. Congress, aiming to ultimately craft a broad plan that can help reduce the swollen $16 trillion…

Tokyo zoo posts video of mating pandas on its website

A mating pair of pandas have wasted no time in getting intimate, a Japanese zoo said Tuesday, coupling on their first evening together and then again the next morning. The female Shin Shin and her companion Ri Ri were put in a private enclosure on Monday evening after keepers at…

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to start heavy metal band

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, whose oeuvre already spans genres from film to architecture, is taking on a new medium with plans for a hard rock album, he told AFP on Tuesday. Ai’s avant-garde works, which also include visual arts and sculpture, have been exhibited around the world, but he…

Bhutan prepares to consolidate democracy with new elections

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will go to polls for the second time in its history next month for elections which will consolidate its transformation to democracy, according to a royal decree. A vote for the 25-member upper house will take place on April 23, said the decree which…

Dennis Rodman ‘planning a vacation’ with Kim Jong-Un

The odd couple is getting odder: first, Dennis Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un took in a hoops game side-by-side. Now they’re planning a holiday together. The retired and flamboyant 51-year-old Rodman, who announced the vacation plan Monday, became the most high-profile American to meet Kim, doing so during…

Irish airline set to buy up to 200 Boeing airplanes

Irish no-frills airline Ryanair has placed an order for up to 200 Boeing planes worth $18 billion (13.8 billion euros) at list prices, the Irish Independent said on Tuesday. The order, set to be confirmed by US President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the White House…

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